"I live in Pittsburgh, PA, and have a regular day job. Most of my learning is done on the bus or while walking. You have great resources to help keep me learning and participating in things. I have enjoyed the Mishnayos printouts for 9 Kislev and 13 Tishrei."

Michoel Dovid Leopold

"I have been to other communities and I can't express enough how fortunate we are to have an organization like Yagdil Torah where you can walk down the street and see, 'Oh, a shiur on this, another shiur on this,' always learning and you never have to worry."

Menachem Mendel Simon

"Here more than any other place in Crown Heights have I been able to really 'chap' more of the Torah and the Rebbe's Sichos and more of the inspiration that Chassidus has to offer."

Ari Pfeffer

“I heard about Yagdil Torah’s 20 hour open-door policy and decided I had to check it out for myself. I went there at about 12:45 AM and was amazed to find people learning. I sat down and before I knew it, an hour had passed as if it was only 5 minutes… The undisturbed, quiet atmosphere made it a pleasure.

I got hooked.

I guess my newfound pleasure was noticed by my friends and neighbors – they joined too. The secret is out: If anyone wants to learn in a quiet, heimishe place, this is it.”

Shlomo Ezagui

“To have a comfortable place in the Shechunah where everyone can sit and learn is great enough, but to have so many shiurim available on a regular basis, finding chavrusas, encouraging people - especially through your wonderful newsletter -on top of that? Incredible.

But what is most amazing for me is that all the shiurim are available for me to enjoy in Miami Beach! I’m a regular listener to your shiurim on Chassidus, Nigleh, and Halachoh L'Maaseh.

Keep up the amazing work, and have tremendous hatzlochah!”

Shmuel Mendelsohn - Mashpia of Yeshivah Torah Ohr in North Miami Beach

"One of the Yagdil Torah tactics I admire is the exposure of existing Torah learning as a means of inspiring others."

Rabbi Yoseph Paltiel - Mashpia United Lubavitcher Yeshivah, Chovevei Torah

"Yagdil Torah is breathing vital life into our community. The efforts of the organization are not only important, but crucial for our very existence.

So thank you Levi and the Yagdil Torah team, for bringing us life!"

Rabbi Yossi Pels - Co-Director Chayeinu Publications

"The study of Torah each day is critical for every member of our community. It will broaden our horizons, make us happier, healthier, more wholesome people, better humans, husbands and fathers. It will challenge us to grow and live our lives to the fullest. Yagdil Torah-the way to go!"

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All About Golems


Chof Kislev, 5778

Miraculous Animals

Before we explore the list of saintly individuals throughout history who created golems, let's first see who used their holy powers to create animals.

The Gemara relates (Sanhedrin 65b): "Rav Chanina and Rav Oshaya would sit together every Erev Shabbos and study Sefer Yetzirah. Their learning would cause fat calves to be created, which they would then proceed to eat."

These two Amoraim were not the first to accomplish such a feat. According to one source (Chesed L'Avraham 5:51), when Avraham went to his cow pen to take three calves for his three guests, he took two calves and gave them to Yishmael. When he went to take a third calf, the angel Refael disguised himself as a handsome calf and slowly ran away from Avraham, leading him to the site of the me'oras hamachpelah. Avraham smelled the scent of Gan Eden and realized this was a special spot, and decided to eventually buy it as a burial plot.

When he made his way back to his guests, he discovered that he only had two calves, as the third one had actually been an angel in disguise. Not wanting his guests to wait any longer, he created a third calf using Sefer Yetzirah. This is hinted to in the wording of the possuk ( Vayeira 18:8),"ובן הבקר אשר עשה - the calf that he made."

Moving ahead a few generations, we know that one of the things Yosef related to his father about his brothers was that he saw them eating parts of a living animal. How is it possible that the shevatim transgressed such a sin? The Shaloh provides the following answer (Parshas Vayeishev, quoting an "ancient manuscript"): They created the animal using Sefer Yetzirah, and such an animal may be eaten without shechitah.

Next issue bl"n: List of people who created golems